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Malcolm to stay
Bordeaux and their new manager Gus Poyet have ruled out winger Malcom leaving the club in January.
The 20-year-old Brazilian is a reported target for north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham but Les Girondins, who appointed former Brighton and Sunderland manager Poyet on Saturday to succeed Jocelyn Gourvennec, are standing firm.
Poyet revealed as he was unveiled to the media on Monday that the future of Malcom was a key topic during his interview for the job.
“I asked straight away if Malcom would be staying or not,” he told L’Equipe.
“They said yes. I said OK, now we can continue the discussion.”
Club president Stephane Martin reiterated that stance on Monday.
“Malcom, it has been said and said again, he will not be leaving,” he said.
“He has said he wants to play in the Premier League one day. That is normal – what player wouldn’t want to play in England?
“There is no problem with Malcom.”
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Eric Dier has stressed the importance of Tottenham holding on to their best players this summer amid ongoing speculation around Harry Kane.
It’s understood Spurs are determined to keep their prize assets, particularly Kane, with the club prepared to reject even a world record bid for their star striker.
Real Madrid have been credited with a strong interest in Kane and the most likely scenario in which he could be sold is if the player indicated he wanted to move.
But there is no suggestion yet that will be the case, as Tottenham look forward to their new 61,000-seater stadium opening next season.
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Former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp has weighed in on why he thinks Alexis Sanchez will prove so successful at Manchester United:
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BREAKING: PEP SACKED
(No, not that one.)
Pep Clotet has been sacked by Oxford after less than seven months in charge of the Sky Bet League One club.
The Spaniard was appointed on July 1 as successor to Michael Appleton and departs the Kassam Stadium with the U’s 10th in the table, eight points adrift of the play-off positions.
However, the former Swansea and Leeds assistant oversaw an ignominious 7-0 thrashing at home to league leaders Wigan just before Christmas and a surprise 2-1 defeat against rock-bottom Bury proved the final straw.
Assistant head coach Derek Fazackerley has been placed in temporary charge.
A statement on the club’s website said: “Oxford United Football Club has today parted company with its manager, Pep Clotet.
“The board has taken the decision after much consideration, and in the best interests of Oxford United FC.
“Pep has worked extremely hard throughout his time at Oxford. The board thanks him for his efforts and wishes him every success for the future.
“Derek Fazackerley will take charge of the first team until further notice, and the search for a permanent replacement has already begun. The board is focused on maintaining a challenge for promotion to the Championship and will make an announcement regarding a new manager as soon as possible.”